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BCCI had pleaded that lalit Modi should not have been allowed to contest the poll and the election be quashed. © Getty Images

 

May 6, 2014

 

Banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has been declared as the winner of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections. The Supreme Court had decided on April 30 that it would finally declare the results of the RCA polls.

 

Modi had last week tweeted on the SC’s decision: “Extremely grateful to honourable Supreme Court for allowing the opening of RCA elections ballots.Looking forward to results now being opened,” tweeted Modi, also thanking his fans. “Thank you 4 your continued support & well wishes during this trying period. Could not have done it without u all. Now final leg need 2win it.”

 

Modi was slapped with a life ban on September 25 last year by the BCCI after its disciplinary committee found him guilty on eight charges of “indiscipline and misconduct”. The elections had become contentious because Modi was in the fray for president.

 

Challenging the election, the BCCI pleaded that Modi should not have been allowed to contest the poll and the election be quashed. The BCCI had challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act, 2005 allowing Modi to contest the RCA presidential election despite being banned for life by the Board.

 

The BCCI disciplinary committee, comprising Arun Jaitley, and Jyotiraditya Scindia, had submitted a 134-page report in July, 2013, in which it had found Modi guilty of financial irregularities, indiscipline and “actions detrimental to the interest of the BCCI”.